John Byers’ design was home to Cary Grant

John Byers’ design was home to Cary Grant

John Byers’ design was home to Cary Grant

Enamored of historical building techniques, John Byers embraced California’s early heritage. Born in Michigan in 1875 after the Civil War, the transplant to sunny Santa Monica understood the delicious textures, distinctive massing and gracious living uniquely afforded by early Californian architecture. He would become the quintessential practitioner of it.

After receiving a degree in Electrical Engineering from of the University of Michigan he went on to do graduate work at Harvard University. Fluent in French and Spanish, he worked at the North American Academy in Montevideo, Uruguay, before arriving in Southern California after the turn of the century where he taught romance languages at Santa Monica High School. After the school day was over, Byers would work as a translator for Mexican workmen on construction sites where he learned how to build with adobe. He began his architectural career building houses for his own family in this manner.

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